Bodin pen 55
A COMPOSED penalty from Billy Bodin proved the difference as United earned a 1-0 pre-season win at Salisbury City on Saturday afternoon.
Both sides treated the sun-drenched crowd at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium to a match of high quality but a slightly soft spot-kick eventually decided the game.
Goalmouth action was at a premium but it was another intriguing encounter in what is turning out to be a promising pre-season campaign for Alan Knill’s Yellows.
The best chance of the first period fell to the home side on 42 minutes, when winger Elliott Frear smashed his shot against the crossbar but, with Martin Rice well beaten, the ball bounced the right side of the line for United and was cleared to safety.
The decisive moment arrived on 55 minutes, as a long ball forward from Aaron Downes found Elliot Benyon in a tussle with powerful defender Exodus Geohaghon, and referee Roger East spotted a stray handball from the home player.
Bodin grabbed the ball and confidently slotted in the bottom corner and United went close to a second when Ashley Yeoman, on for the injured trialist Scott Rendell, flashed a header wide.
Salisbury almost grabbed a late equaliser when a skewed cross cannoned against the bar but the Gulls were left to enjoy victory, and another competent display.
United [4-4-2]: Martin Rice; Dale Tonge, Shaun Cooper, Aaron Downes, Kevin Nicholson [Thomas Cruise 60]; Courtney Cameron [Niall Thompson H-T], Lee Mansell [Damon Lathrope 60], Ben Harding, Jordan Chapell [Billy Bodin H-T]; Scott Rendell [Ashley Yeoman 32], Elliot Benyon [Daniel Sullivan 70].